11 Aug 2009

Fiji's Bainimarama says his country will put out of regional trade talks

7:37 am on 11 August 2009

Fiji's interim Prime Minister says his country will pull out of regional trade talks.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama was responding to comments by New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully that the New Zealand government was waiting to see what Fiji would decide in relation to the talks on PACER-Plus and PICTA trade deals

Last week's Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Australia decided that negotiations on the agreement would go ahead without Fiji but that it would be briefed later.

The Commodore told the Fiji Live news service that the Forum had made it impossible for Fiji to effectively defend the interests of its people under the trade agreements Fiji is a party to.